The tallest ancient Buddha statue of Sri Lanka is located at 30km northwest of Dambulla and at 50km south of Anuradhapura near Kala Weva man-made rainwater reservoir.

Interesting facts

  • Stone statue 12 meters high carved from a single piece of rock.
  • Despite the huge size, the proportions of the statue is ideal: in the rain drops drip from the nose exactly to the point between the feets with millimeter precision.
  • The statue is carved in the proportions of 9 faces: the height of the statue is equal to the height of nine faces.
  • Aukana translated from the local dialect means “absorbing or devouring the sun.”
  • The statue was found by the British archaeologist accidentally in 1850.
  • Gesture of the raised right hand of the Buddha is blessing all around, and the left picks up the clothes before crossing the river.
  • Especially the statue looks in the morning in the rays of the rising sun.

Aukana is a very famous and revered sacred place among the Buddhists and pilgrims from around the world. In the morning monks lay flowers, and at holidays hold a religious ceremony.

Категория : Main Sights
Район / Город : NORTH CENTRAL PROVINCEAnuradhapura
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